Tuesday, June 29, 2010

First Bruise

Ellie is getting more adventurous and will "cruise" along the furniture.  She loves to stand up and hold on to anything that is handy.  A couple of times now she has been balancing with only one hand holding on to the furniture (or me) and then has let go and stood for a couple of seconds.

Last night we were hanging out at Greg's parents, and Ellie was getting tired.  She was crawling around the family room and tried to pull herself up on the end table.  She overdid it and bonked right into the table.  That thunk was the saddest sound ever.  And now Ellie has her first bruise on her forehead.

This picture was taken as soon as I got her to stop crying last night.  It already looks better this morning.


Sunday dinner at my mom's house was a great time to get together and celebrate Jon's kids being here for the summer and for Amy being here from China.  Ellie and I went a little early to hang out with Mom and Amy, since I knew we would need to leave early because of Ellie's early bedtime.  Ellie entertained us all with her tricks and general cuteness.

Amy had some music playing when we got there, and then she told us she was able to buy the "My Turn On Earth" soundtrack on iTunes - so of course we had to listen to it.  Ah, such memories!  Ellie was rocking out to the music.  She is a good dancer.

After dinner, we took some photos since all of the grandkids were together.  Sarah has the best pouty face ever - totally beautiful!
Sarah - 9; Lyssa - 13; Travis - 11; Amber - 13; Adam - 15 
Height Order

Friday, June 25, 2010

Counting Blessings

One of my favorite LDS authors is Kerry Blair.  She has faced many trials (having M.S. and now ovarian cancer, and 2 sons serving in  Iraq, among others) and through it all she writes with grace and compassion and humor.  I started reading one of her blogs, Six LDS Writers and a Frog, back when I didn't know what a blog was.

I just finished her book "Counting Blessings:  Wit and Wisdom for Women" and it was just what I needed this week.  I have felt cumbered about and depressed, and embarrassed myself by completing breaking down at Book Club Wednesday night.  (Good thing my friends love me.)  Sister Blair's book is full of sentences that made me go "huh" and "yeah" and "oh, I needed that."  I was hooked in the third paragraph:

"As Latter-day Saints we are practically obsessed with anxiously engaging ourselves in good causes.  Maybe it's subliminal.  Glancing through the hymnal last Sunday, I noted that as sisters in Zion, we who are called to serve are all enlisted to go marching, marching forward because the world has need of willing men to press on scattering sunshine.  We wonder if we have done any good in the world today, because we have been given much and want to do what is right, keep the commandments, press forward with the Saints, and put our shoulders to the wheel going where He wants us to go.  However, as the morning breaks high on the mountain top, truth reflects upon our senses, and while we still believe that sweet is the work, we also realize that we have work enough to do ere the sun goes down.  And thus we ask Thee ere we part, where can we turn for peace?"

In the midst of my depressed state, I have been witness to so many tender mercies:  Elizabeth reaching out to me and getting me out of my house and having fun with her;  Greg taking a day off work to let me catch up on sleep and just relax without any worries about anything;  the Young Women leaders letting me crash Girls' Camp and just soak up the Spirit;  the BC ladies listening to my supposed woes;  and Tiff bringing me treats and a note - to name a few.

My life is so blessed and so full, and sometimes it is too easy to get caught up in my Martha-ness and get filled with fear and doubt and be weighed down by imperfections.  I am grateful to my husband and to my friends and to the words of complete strangers for reminding me of what is important and needful.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Good Things to Come

I just had a beautiful reminder that "some blessings come soon, some come late, and some don't come until heaven.  But for those who embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, THEY COME."

I have loved this talk by Elder Holland for years, especially knowing how much it means to Greg.  I posted about that last November by sharing a talk that Greg gave as part of a high council speaking assignment.

Saying Good-bye to Leonard

Sunday evening, Todd and Rachel hosted a party to celebrate Brayden's 18th birthday (the oldest grandchild!) and to say good-bye to Leonard (their German exchange student who has been here for 10 months).  Leonard is a nice boy and it will be hard on them as he goes back home.
We had a good time playing "Heavy Heavy Hangover"...  
... and watching Brayden open his birthday presents...
...and acting silly...
...and eating cake...
...and jumping on the trampoline.

Greg =Ellie's Father

Greg is an amazing father.  We definitely balance each other out with Ellie.  It is so fun to watch him do all of the things with Ellie that he used to do with all of the nieces and nephews.  One of his favorite things to do is to stick his fingernail on her teeth and "flick" it - making a clicking noise.  It took him a few tries for Ellie to let him stick his fingers in her mouth, but once he got the click, she just laughed and laughed.  Now she lets him do it to her all of the time.
It was amazing to celebrate Greg's first Father's Day on Sunday.  I did up Ellie's hair in what he calls her "Pebbles" look and we got a couple of good pictures before he headed to some meetings at church.


Greg thought it would be fun to teach Ellie how to play with the blind cords.  Yeah, real fun.  Ellie wants to play with them all of the time now.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Greg & the Tootie Tot

Thanks to Joanna for capturing this special moment and texting me the pic. Greg said that one of the other men told him that he should leave his dignity at home (when coming to Girls' Camp). 

Surprisingly, Greg struggled doing this dance. Apparently, he did not pay enough attention at Kiera's and Kaysen's preschool graduations, which is where we first witnessed the Tootie Tot.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Some pictures

Time has gotten away from me in the past couple of weeks, and I have not made the effort to blog.  Here are some pictures of what we have been doing.
Ellie was not impressed with this rocking-car thing at the playground...or the slide.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Girls' Camp Rocks!

The girls in our ward are the best. They are so supportive of each other. We really enjoyed hawaiian haystacks at our luau.
Here is Laurie, our intrepid fire builder, with Monique supervising and Kellie contributing.  One of the best things about crashing Girls' Camp is getting to know the leaders and girls better.  I went up Tuesday with Elizabeth and we brought Domino's pizza from Heber for dinner, and then played the candy bar game.  Then I was able to go back on Thursday for Bishopric night.  It was so awesome to go twice!

On Tuesday, the girls were doing a craft when Elizabeth and I arrived, bedazzling everything in sight.  They had to do everyone's faces.  I felt like I was a character in the book Pretties by Scott Westerfeld.
The leaders had a theme for dinner every night.  Tuesday (pizza) was Italian night, Wednesday was Mexican night, and Thursday was a luau. Megan posted these awesome pics on Facebook of Greg after he was "decorated" for dinner Wednesday night.
On Thursday, Mary and Jessica were already at camp representing the Relief Society when I arrived with the Reiches.  There was a contest sponsored by the stake that had the girls building a 2-room fortress out of cardboard and duct tape and the decorations that were supposed to be for the luau that night.  I thought they built the best one, hands down, but they didn't win any prizes...
Greg bought a brand new carport/canopy for the girls, and we put it up on Tuesday.  It was so fun to watch all of the girls work together.  On Wednesday, Greg came back to civilization for approximately 6 hours because they wanted him to pick up some things.  While he was gone, a huge storm rolled through, and there were gale force winds.  The beautiful new canopy blew over into one of the tents, bending poles and ripping part of a tent.  So much for that!
P.S.  Thanks to Paige and Megan for posting pics on Facebook so that I could borrow them!

Friday, June 4, 2010

10 Months Old

Ellie seems like a toddler lately, and not like a baby.  She just seems so big and grown-up all of a sudden!

Things Ellie does at 10 months old:
1.  Will stick out her tongue when you stick yours out at her
2.  Pulls in her lips and sucks air through her teeth
3.  Clicks her tongue
4.  Crawls everywhere and pulls herself up on everything (including the tile tub surround, which makes me nervous) 
5.  Still will only eat a few Cheerios and a couple of bites (if I'm lucky) of food
6.  Loves to play with her stacking cups.  She will take them out and put them in, over and over and over
7.  Generally sleeps 12-14 hours at night, with only one feeding (usually between 7-8 a.m.)
8.  Loves to crawl over our legs
9.  Loves to snuggle her stuffed animals and "read" books (E likes to turn the pages)
10. Looks so big when she is sitting in the carts when we go shopping
11. Loves to play peek-a-boo, and will pull a blanket or a stuffed animal, or whatever is handy over her eyes
12. Will make noises (ah! ah!) if she feels like you are not paying enough attention to her.  And then when you look or talk back, Ellie will giggle
13. Is busy, busy, busy all day long and the sweetest, happiest baby ever

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Memorial Day

I am so grateful to live in a free country.  I know that it is not "free" to me, that a price (sometimes a terrible price) has been paid to give me and my family these freedoms.

We had a good afternoon celebrating with Tammy and the Kinghorns.  We ate and played games and talked.  Unfortunately, the Kinghorns live in Sandy, and they still had school the next day, so we had to call it an early night.  Ellie was the star of the show (of course).  Even Kelly mentioned how funny it is to watch a tiny baby capture every single person's attention.

We love to play this silly little game that they taught us.  It is simple, but so fun!  You write everyone's name on a piece of paper, and take turns rolling 2 dice.  When you roll doubles, you (forcibly) steal the paper and pen and write the numbers 1-100.  The first person to get to 100 wins. 
Meg tried so hard to get Ellie to warm up.  Meg won eventually!  And Finn proudly declared that he loved to play with "baby" toys.
I dressed Ellie in orange, in honor of Tammy -- orange is T's favorite color.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Crawling Over Dad: A Progression

Ellie loves to crawl over our legs.  She will go back and forth, and then back again.


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